CLASS DATES:  Starting November 6 and running thru December 18. (no class Nov. 20).

 TUESDAYS: Nov. 6, 13, 27 - Dec. 4, 11, 18

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM



This series of classes, 6 total, will focus on three foundations of oil painting, and really, creating art in general: Composition, Value and Color.

Learning or strengthening these three pillars of visual expression will move you in the direction of well composed, harmonious paintings.

We will first consider the pros and cons of using photo reference and how to strengthen a photo reference by altering the composition and values it contains.

This will move us into composition ... arranging the elements in a painting so that it is visually pleasing. Creating thumbnail sketches of your proposed painting will give you some quick visuals of how the elements come together, before you actually start a painting. The goal of a good composition is to guide the viewers eye to the focal point, or the main reason you were drawn to the subject in the first place.

We will also look at value and how it effects the mood of a painting and gives it some depth, and how value and color work together.

Finally, we will look at palette options, and what is gained by limiting the palette to fewer colors. If you have never worked with a limited palette, this will be a great opportunity to see the many benefits it brings to the easel. Limiting the palette will simplify the painting process, fine-tune the color mixing process and unify the painting, giving the work harmony. Harmony is simply an arrangement of things that is pleasing. When a painting has the structure supplied by color harmony, it’s easier for the brain to understand.




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Ellis County Art Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box  2064, Waxahachie, TX 75168

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